Giving Tuesday began as a modest idea.
Henry Timms, Executive Director of the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City bringing people together around the values of service and giving since 1874—wanted to place a call for generosity during a season otherwise eclipsed by consumption.
Giving Tuesday caught on as a hashtag and eventually, an international movement. Today, in its 5th year of action, people across the globe are participating by giving back with their time, resources or donations.
In 2015, these combined efforts raised $117 million for charities in more than 70 countries.
Here are a few organizations you can support this year:
Not sure how to help Syrian refugees displaced by civil war or the hundreds of thousands stuck in Mosul without aid? You can start here. Donate today to support Preemptive Love reach their goal of $65,000 to serve and empower families threatened by ISIS and bring relief to Aleppo.
International Justice Mission is the world’s largest anti-slavery organization. Help end the horrific abuse and cybersex trafficking of children in the Philippines by giving a gift from IJM’s Holiday Gift Catalog and double your contribution without even trying. Today is the last day gifts will be matched.
TWLOHA presents hope and support to people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. And during a season where many are faced with brokenness in their families or seasonal depression, that hope is needed more than ever. Take 25% off any purchase in their store and share an uplifting word with others or donate directly.
There are over 6 million young adults in the U.S. out of work, out of school and without access to economic opportunity. Help close the opportunity divide by donating to help equip underserved young adults with the skills, support and resources to achieve their dreams through professional career opportunities and higher education. You can also make a commitment to mentor a young adult or request information on how your company can become a partner and host an intern. Check out their 60 Minutes feature here.
Liberation Library believes access to books is a right, not a privilege. And we agree. Take a look at their wish list and donate books to youth separated from their families and communities in prison. They’re also sending holiday cards to young people in prison so you can organize a group in your community to share an uplifting message with a young adult, too. Keep in mind all card donations should be received by Monday, December 12.
For over 60 years, Open Doors has worked in countries with the world’s most oppressive power regimes, empowering Christ-followers to live out the Gospel. They also provide refuge to persecuted Christians (we’re talking about beatings and torture, not Starbucks cups) through safe houses and shelters. You can donate through their gift catalog, provide their community members with bibles or sign up for monthly giving contributions.
World Vision is the largest Christian humanitarian organization in the world. They help more than 4 million children in nearly 100 countries gain access to education, regular meals and safety. This year, let your giving do double time. If you donate to World Vision today, your gift is matched by Thirty-One.
Little Voices Are Loud believes in the power of kids’ ideas and insights, equipping them to make a difference by encouraging them to think about their influence proactively. Give a kid you love a Changemaker box and begin teaching them how to use their voice to build the kind of world they’d want to inherit.